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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/7/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) 10glo to Host Virtual Launch Party for Little Love Notes From Collard & Rosenblatt 3/13
2) Associated Chamber Music Players Seek Participants for Virtual Worldwide Play-In 3/20-3/21
3) Ballet Hispanico B Unidos Presents Anna Lopez Ocha' s Nube Blanco 3/10
4) Broadway on Demand New Concert Series Tonight at the Coliseum
5) The Bridges of Madison County Reunion Panel to Benefit the Actor's 3/15
6) Dance Rising NYC Video Tour (Still Dancing) 3/13 - 3/21
7) Eryc Taylor Dance Virtual Film Premiere 3/21 Tickets on Sale  Now 
8) GFour Productions Play Middletown Make Streaming Debut Through 4/4
9) Ice Theater of New York Presents 2021 City Skates Popup Concerts Tues & Thurs in March
10) Love Letter to Liza Virtual Online Celebration 3/12
11) NYCC Presents Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Available on Demand Through 3/14
12) NY Popups Flexible Venues to Include Select Broadway Theaters 
13) The Rockwell Group and Tait Partner to Create Pop-up Theater to Help Struggling Artists
14) South Street Seaport Announces Online Collections Portal
15) Thang Dao Dance Company in Residence at Bridge Street Theatre Through 3/ 13
16) TRU Community Gatherings Via Zoom
17) X The Experience Extends Run



10glo announced today a live virtual launch party for  “Little Love Notes” an album by Elspeth Collard and Sam Rosenblatt. The event will be held on Zoom on March 13th, 2021 at 8 pm EST and is free for all.  To register, please click here.

Join the writing team (plus some special guests) to be the first to hear their new album, “Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt."  Hear about the inspiration for each piece, learn about the artists featured on the album, and maybe even find your new favorite song!  One attendee will be randomly selected to receive a specialty program from the event signed by both Collard and Rosenblatt.

2) Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)
Seeks Participants for 
Virtual Worldwide Play-In
March 20-21, 2021

Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)'s annual chamber music jamming weekend, the Worldwide Play-In Weekend, will be held virtually this year on March 20 and 21, 2021. Each March, this grassroots event unites people of all ages and abilities through their common love of chamber music in honoring J.S. Bach during the month of his birth. ACMP is seeking chamber musicians to participate in and host Play-Ins. Join musicians around the globe in making joyous music together and organize your own Play-In event on JamKazam, Jamulus, Sonobus, Zoom, or any other virtual music session software of your choice. Register your Play-In at surveymonkey.com/r/C2KNQMF.

A play-in is an event where musicians meet, often for the first time, and "read" chamber music for pure pleasure. Play-ins can be large or small, public or private; it is up to the host to decide. Play-ins are not performances, but some include non-playing listeners.

There is no deadline to register your event, but the sooner we hear from you, the easier it will be for us to publicize it! And please remember - the Worldwide Play-In is 
open to everyone - not just ACMP members - so please spread the word to all of your chamber music friends!

And connect with other chamber music players by:

  • Joining the ACMP Members Group on Facebook to post real-time Play-In updates
  • Signing up on Jamulus and adding "ACMP" to your profile name
  • Signing up on JamKazam: Once you are on JamKazam, look for open sessions with ACMP in the session title on March 20 and 21 if you would like to participate. If you would like to organize a Play-In, create an open session, include "ACMP" in the session title, and list the session on ACMP's Event Page at: https://acmp.net/find-events. ACMP members can also post event updates in the ACMP Forum:  https://acmp.net/forum.
For more information, visit acmp.net/wpiw

3) Ballet Hispánico’s B Unidos March Watch Party Series 
Celebrates Women’s History Month

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Nube Blanco on March 10, 2021 at 6:30pm
Followed by Conversation with 
CEO and Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and Special Guests

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized this year as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, kicked off 2021 with a glimpse into the company’s past. The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with a series of entertaining archival repertory pieces, inviting audiences to look back at vibrant performances celebrating women in dance with the Ballet Hispánico Watch Party Series. To mark Women’s History Month, and in recognition of the company’s pioneering founder Tina Ramirez, March Watch Parties will highlight the significant contributions of women choreographers throughout the field of dance and, specifically, within Ballet Hispánico's 50-year history. 

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by a live Q&A session with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and special guests. All Watch Parties are available on Streamyard, at ballethispanico.org, and on YouTube and Facebook.

March 10, 2021 at 6:30pm
Nube Blanco (“White Cloud”) is inspired by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s childhood memories of beautiful songs of Maria Dolores Pradera. Additional pieces include Locked up Laura (2009) and Mad’Moiselle (2014). The evening will feature a panel of special guests














This March, Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to present a very special solo concert series featuring the biggest names on the West End, filmed from the historic London Coliseum Theatre, “Tonight at the London Coliseum.”

Filmed from the empty theatre, and airing each Saturday at 7:00 PM ET this month, this beautiful collection of one-person concerts will feature the talents of Olivier and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo (March 6), Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke (March 13), Olivier winner Cassidy Janson (March 20), and actress, author, and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher (March 27). Annabel Mutale Reed serves as Creative Supervisor for this concert series.

All concerts in the “Tonight at the London Coliseum” series vary in run times, from 45—65 minutes and will be available for On Demand purchase for $12.95 each.


Join Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo in the first of the “Tonight at the London Coliseum” concert series. Best known for his performance in The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, he also originated the role of the Phantom in the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies. Joined by his amazing live band, Ramin brings the curtain down at this beautiful theatre.

Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke, star of productions including Blues in the NightDeath of a Salesman and Caroline, or Change, takes the Coliseum stage to share some of her favorite songs in what is sure to be a night you will never forget.


Olivier Award winner Cassidy Janson returns to the London Coliseum following her performances there in both Man of La Mancha and Chess. She is currently starring in the West End production of & Juliet prior to which she performed in several productions, including as Carole King in the west end production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – from which you might just hear a few songs in this concert.

Actress, author, and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher brings us the final concert in the series. Most recently seen in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, Carrie has performed in several productions, including Heathers the MusicalThe Addams Family and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Next year, she will star as Cinderella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brand-new musical of the same name.



Saturday, March 6 | 7:00 PM ET

Ramin Karimloo

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/not-live/gzbGPV3zlZKL-london-collesium-concert-series--ramin-karimloo?channel=current-live-schedule  

Saturday, March 13 | 7:00 PM ET

Sharon D. Clarke

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/not-live/BAlr13iovbGO-london-collesium-concert-series--sharon-d-clarke?channel=current-live-schedule              

Saturday, March 20 | 7:00 PM ET

Cassidy Janson

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/not-live/tBqneLBkWvjY-london-collesium-concert-series--cassidy-janson?channel=current-live-schedule        

Saturday, March 27 | 7:00 PM ET

Carrie Hope Fletcher

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/not-live/RZuDHHu7bn39-london-collesium-concert-series--carrie-hope-fletcher?channel=current-live-schedule



MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021 AT 8:00PM

Long awaited reunion! New Jersey’s Jesse Walker, host of the online celebrity show “The Jesse Walker Show,” celebrates the shows 20th season with a special event reuniting some of the cast and creative team from 2014 Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County that include cast members Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Hunter Foster, Caitlin Kinnunen, Derek Klena, and creative team Jason Robert Brown (music & lyrics), Marsha Norman (book) and Barlett Sher (director) to help raise funds for The Actors FundThe 2-hour panel will live stream for one-night only event on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8:00PM EST / 5:00PM PST. All donations and proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Actors Fund.

Watch via live stream on all “The Jesse Walker Show” social media pages:

With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County, based on the best-selling novel, and developed by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple, The Secret Garden)_, captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning eternal question, "What if...?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations.

Jesse Walker, named “Talk Show Host with Tenacity” by New Jersey’s Bergen Record in 2005, has been producing, directing, choreographing, and acting in his own plays, as well as other revivals, since he was 15-years old. Walker runs his own theater group and puts on plays locally around his neighborhood almost every year. During high school, he hosted his own show on public access on ECTV in Emerson, NJ. After relocating and a 6-year break, Jesse returned via internet with his revamped debut of “The Jesse Walker Show.” Musical theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Grease, Take Me As I Am (original), Smile Annie Farbissen, A Christmas Carol with a Jewish twist (an original adaptation). Television credits: “The Jesse Walker Show,” and “Caroline Rhea.” Awards: The New Jersey Governors Award for being the first handicapped person to have his own celebrity talk show.

6) Dance Rising NYC:
Video Tour (Still Dancing):
300 Videos Broadcast Throughout the Five Boroughs at More Than 20 Cultural Venues From March 13-21

Dance Rising NYC announces a five borough Video Tour (Still Dancing) from March 13-21 to mark the one-year anniversary of NYC's cultural shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Screens across New York City will broadcast videos from Dance Rising's fall 2020 dance-outs, bringing visibility to the dance industry while live performance remains on pause. 

A grassroots collective formed last fall as an urgent response to the pandemic, Dance Rising NYC is a platform for embodied advocacy that affirms the importance of dance in all its forms. In October and December 2020, Dance Rising organized live, hyper-local dance outs: on several specific dates/times, 300+ NYC dancers across the boroughs simultaneously took to the parks, streets, and rooftops to dance, calling attention to an entire sector that has been shut down by the pandemic. Dance Rising collected video recordings from these dance-outs, representing individual artists and established companies like Limon, Ballet Hispánico, Flamenco Vivo, Trisha Brown, Heidi Latsky Dance, The Bang Group, New York Theatre Ballet, Kinesis Project dance theatre, jill sigman/thinkdance, Renegade Performance Group and Movement of the People. 

Now these compilation videos are ready to share with the public. Dance Rising is teaming up with the Village Alliance to produce large-scale projections around Astor Place including at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (March 13-15) and partnering with 20+ cultural organizations in all five boroughs to display these videos in venue lobbies, windows, and online (March 13-21). New Yorkers can also see short clips on LINKNYC kiosks across the city (March 8-26). Collectively, these videos will saturate the city with what already exists but has been out of the public eye for the past year.

The dance sector of NYC is in crisis right now, from training the next generation to employing full-time professionals: dancers live in every neighborhood in the city, but the physical distancing requirements of the pandemic have kept them isolated in their homes, and studios and stages remain largely closed. Video Tour (Still Dancing) is a tribute to quarantine and the industry's tenacity in finding ways to insist that dance is a vital performing art -- one that shapes NYC's identity as a cultural center.

  • Astor Place video projections: March 13-15, 45-minute loop starting at sunset and running for three hours each night (side of The Cooper Union's Residence Hall at 29 3rd Avenue) 
  • LINKNYC video kiosks: March 8-26, 15 second video clips running in rotation on kiosks
  • Video displays: March 13-21,videos shown at 20+ cultural venues across NYC (detailed list below)
Participating organizations/venues: 
Manhattan: Abrons Arts Center, Arts On Site, DANCENOW, Flamenco Vivo,
GIBNEY, HERE Arts Center, John Jay College/ Gerald W. Lynch Theater, The Joyce, Movement Research, Museum of the City of New York, New York Live Arts, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Brooklyn: Actors Fund Theatre & Brooklyn Ballet, BAX, BRIC, LEIMAY, 
Mark Morris Dance Group
Queens: CUNY Dance Initiative, Flushing Town Hall, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Bronx: BAAD, Chashama

More information, including venue locations and details are all at www.dancerising.org

7) Eryc Taylor Dance Announces
Uncharted Territory: Dancers in Isolation
Virtual Film Premiere on Sunday, March 21, 2021

Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD) presents a new film, Uncharted Territory: Dancers in Isolation, premiering virtually on YouTube Live on March 21, 2021, at 6 pm EST. The event will feature guest artist introductions, a word from the Artistic Director, and more. Donation-based tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncharted-territory-the-film-virtual-world-premiere-event-tickets-141722948153. Watch a preview trailer for the film at https://youtu.be/lVqSeZMMdo0

Following the premiere, the film will be available for public viewing from March 22-28, 2021. The week of post-premiere festivities will also include daily Instagram Live events with artist and collaborator Q&As, interviews, live rehearsals, and more. All events are free and open to the public, with donations encouraged. Patrons can also text the code "UNCHARTED" to 44-321 to donate.

Monday, March 22 @ 6:00pm -- Q&A with film editor, Benny Krown
Tuesday, March 23 @ 6:00pm -- 5X5 Interview Series with photographer, Shannel Resto
Thursday, March 25 @ 6:00pm -- Q&A with ETD dancer & collaborator, Nicole Baker
All events hosted on @eryctaylordance Instagram Live.

Conceived and developed over Zoom, Uncharted Territory: Dancers in Isolation features dancers Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, Taylor Ennen, AJ Guevara, Eryc Taylor, and Alex Tenreiro Theis.

Uncharted Territory is for everyone affected by the chain-reactions caused in 2020, especially New Yorkers. The dance film is a cathartic reenactment and time capsule for the period of tension and uncertainty when the global pandemic forced the company to connect in different ways. ETD is particularly interested in involving those who felt the sting of stress, fears, restrictions, and isolation, more specifically essential workers, youth, elderly, people with disabilities, and others who did not receive the support they needed. ETD intends to offer a sense of understanding with inspiration and upliftment. 

AJ Guevara plays Ivan, who just lost his grandmother to the pandemic - she died alone, and now he grieves alone - in a lonely ritual, he tries to summon her spirit.

Alex Tenreiro Theis plays Dani, a young attorney who lost her job because of COVID-19 and is on the brink of a mental breakdown. 

Chris Bell plays "Him," who is tired of feeling trapped home alone and searches for sexual encounters to fill the void during the height of the lockdown. 

Nicole Baker plays a nurse who struggles with rising paranoia undermining her basic functionality. 

Taylor Ennen plays Spenser, who is slowly unraveling in the stillness of her family home.

During summer 2021, there will be several days of live, outdoor performances of Uncharted Territory and masterclasses hosted by the dancers, utilizing Eryc Taylor's Movement and Expression Chart. Two will be open to the general public, and three dedicated to youths, seniors, and differently-abled persons. These workshops will be priced on a sliding scale of $5-25 to ensure accessibility and part of the Company's ETD Outreach Program.

8) GFour Productions’ Star-Studded Play


Makes Streaming Debut


GFour Productions, the Tony Award®-winning producer of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®, is now streaming their newest play MIDDLETOWN® for an exclusive 4-week run. Today marks the world streaming premiere of this new work by playwright Dan Clancy, after critically acclaimed performances in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Atlanta prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. This recorded performance features fan favorites DIDI CONN (Frenchy in GREASE); SANDY DUNCAN (Peter in PETER PAN); DONNY MOST (Ralph Malph in HAPPY DAYS); and ADRIAN ZMED (Romano in T.J. HOOKER). The performance was filmed in February 2020 at the Strand Theatre in Marietta, Ga., and is now available to watch on the OVERTURE+ streaming platform. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by clicking here. Streaming sales end April 4, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

MIDDLETOWN® follows the lives of Peg, Tom, Dotty and Don, two couples who together navigate the highs and lows of life and everything in between, in an exhilarating and universal depiction of love, life and friendship.

As a play that lets the script take center stage, the actors are presented in a very simple way, each situated at a chair and music stand that holds their script, on a stage void of props or scenery. The performance resembles a staged reading but has the wit and heart of a full-scale production.

For more information and cast bios, visit middletownplay.com


9) Ice Theatre of New York
2021 City Skate Pop Up Concerts
at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays in 
March 2021 at 1pm

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents City Skate Pop Up Concerts at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March 2021 at 1pm at The Rink at Bryant Park. ITNY performers include Aaron Singletary and Val Levine, with choreography by Douglas Webster and Jody Sperling. The events are free and open to the public. For more details, visit https://bryantpark.org/programs/pop-ups-with-ice-theatre-of-new-york.


March 2, 2021
“Putting on the Ritz” skated by ITNY performing apprentice Ella Bauer, choreographed by Tanya Douglass
“Take Five” performed by ITNY ensemble skater Armen Agaian, choreographed by Eliot Halveson

March 4, 2021
“O Mio Babinno Caro” performed by ITNY ensemble skater Sally Jean Watkins, choreographed by Douglas Webster
“Fragile” performed by ITNY ensemble member Aaron Singletary and choreographed by Douglas Webster

March 9, 2021
“Nothing Else Matters” skated by ITNY performing apprentices and National Jr. Silver Ice Dancers,
Oona and Gage Brown, choreographed by Joel Dear
“Arctic Memory” performed by ITNY member Valerie Levine and choreographed by dancer, Jody Sperling

Save the date: Upcoming performances at 1pm on March 11, March 16, March 18, March 23, and March 25, will include “I Will Fall for You” performed and choreographed by ITNY ensemble member, Sarah France, and “Hip Hip Chin Chin” skated by ITNY performing apprentice Milly Wasserman and choreographed by Stephen Belanger.








Even more celebrity guests have joined the celebration in honor of the legendary Liza Minnelli on her 75th Birthday, Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Birthday Tribute Celebration, on Friday, March 12 at 8:00 PM EST on the streaming platform Stellar.

Hosted by Frank DiLella, the star-studded cast taking part in this virtual once-in-a-lifetime event will include Lorna LuftJohn Kander, Michael Feinstein,  Julie HalstonMelissa ManchesterJason AlexanderParker PoseyKathy GriffinNicholas KingKathy NajimyHoda KotbMichael YorkCraig Ferguson and Haley Swindal, all who join the previously announced Joel GreyLily TomlinChita RiveraJoan CollinsBen Vereen and the dancers from the Verdon-Fosse Legacy, Ute LemperBilly StritchCharles BuschKathie Lee GiffordLea DelariaJim CarusoJonathan GroffSandra BernhardAndrew RannellsNathan LaneMario CantoneTony HaleCoco Peru, John Cameron MitchellMichele Lee Andrea MartinSeth SikesNeil Meron, and more.

Tickets, priced at $30.00, are now available at stellartickets.com and clubcummingnyc.com.        


11) New York City Center

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Mar 5 – 14
$15 digital access

If you missed the sensational return engagement in 2020, you can now experience this Tony and Olivier Award-winning production as often as you’d like from the comfort of your home with on demand viewing.

Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, specifically for theatrical film release, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble

For more information or to order tickets, visit https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2020-2021/Matthew-Bourne-Festival







NY PopsUp

























Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the long-awaited return of live indoor performance across New York State will commence April 2, 2021 with the reopening of a significant number of Flexible Venues (“Flex Venues”) as part of an ongoing systematic effort to help jumpstart New York’s struggling live entertainment sector. NY PopsUp, the new festival of pop-up events overseen by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, was established to help revitalize the spirit and emotional well-being of New York citizens through the energy of live performance set over 100 days throughout New York City and State. New safety protocols developed by NYPopsUp in coordination with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Empire State Development (ESD) will also serve as the pilot program to re-open Flex Venues. These Flex Venues -- established performance spaces that are able to be adapted for social distancing guidelines – include such important culture hubs as The Apollo, Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The SHED, Harlem Stage, La MaMa, National Black theatre, and The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater. In April, select Broadway theaters, beginning with the Music Box on 45th Street, will open their doors to audiences for the first time since March 12, 2020, with a series of special NY PopsUp programs, and will put in motion safety protocols that will eventually be employed for Broadway’s return.  

Following the year-long shutdown, these coming performances will mark a major moment in New York’s recovery efforts, signaling that the arts in New York are coming back in force. And especially, these events will also mark a significant step in the long process of getting tens-of-thousands of arts professionals around New York State back to work.

The New York State Department of Health and NY PopsUp are collaborating with Broadway theater operators to create specific safety plans for each participating building, in advance of April’s first performances. This thorough process will serve as Broadway’s own pilot program that will increase audience size over time as the Department of Health allows, and will put select protocols into action as New York prepares for Broadway’s complete re-opening.

NY PopsUp is an unprecedented and expansive festival featuring hundreds of
pop-up performances (many of which are free of charge and all open to the
public) that will intersect with the daily lives of New Yorkers. The programming for NY PopsUp is curated by the interdisciplinary artist Zack Winokur, in partnership with a hand-selected council of artistic advisors who represent the diversity of New York’s dynamic performing arts scene and artistic communities. NY PopsUp launched on Saturday, February 20 and will run through Labor Day. The Festival will reach its climax with the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival and The Festival at Little Island at Pier 55, bringing the total number of performances to more than 1,000. NY PopsUp is being coordinated in lock step with state public health officials and will strictly adhere to Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 protocols. NY PopsUp’s model for delivering safe performance experiences is also providing a roadmap for New York’s preeminent cultural institution, Lincoln Center, in the planning of their new outdoor performing arts complex, “Restart Stages.” “Restart Stages,” boasting a total of 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces, is set to open April 7.

Per New York State’s Department of Health, attendee capacity of any performance must be limited to the lesser of 33% of the maximum occupancy for the particular area or 50 people; exclusive of performers, crew, and other staff who are necessary for the event. Effective April 2, 2021, the number of attendees may exceed the social gathering limit of 50 people, up to a maximum of 150 attendees, within a 33% maximum occupancy limit for the particular area so long as all attendees receive an appropriate negative diagnostic test result prior to the event.

Please note that, given the impromptu nature and surprise element of the pop-up format, not all performances will be announced in advance. Please follow @NYPopsUp on Twitter and Instagram for the latest. 


















David Rockwell and his architecture and design firm Rockwell Group have joined forces with TAIT, a global leader in the design and construction of solutions for live events, to create OpenStage NYC, a new initiative that utilizes portable staging, to help arts organizations move to outdoor performances this spring. 

Last year, Rockwell Group launched DineOutNYC to advocate for public space for restaurants for outdoor dining. Working with the New York City Hospitality Alliance and the NYC Department of Transportation, Rockwell also identified public spaces, sidewalks and streets, in all five boroughs and designed and built outdoor dining experiences for individual restaurants and communal dining. OpenStage NYC builds on that initiative, in partnership with TAIT, to support art and performance groups impacted by COVID-19 and to provide safe entertainment opportunities for New Yorkers as warm weather returns. As with DineOutNYC, the effort is pro-bono.

TAIT is using equipment from its vast, reconfigurable staging inventory to create unique, quick-deploying staging systems. The package also includes a partial overhead truss, stage lighting, and audio equipment. Additionally, productionglue, headquartered in NYC, is TAIT’s producing arm and playing the key role of execution partner for this exciting endeavor.

Rockwell Group’s theater architects have also created design footprints to accommodate the staging for outdoor production facilities and allow for 50-person audiences socially distanced. It is expected that the performance stages will utilize streets, plazas, and other public spaces identified as part of the Open Culture program as well as other public performance programs in New York City. 

To program the stages, Rockwell Group and TAIT have partnered with arts organizations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens – Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), BRIC, and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) – to help arts organizations in those boroughs. These organizations can book performances in the same or multiple locations within the borough. All revenues generated by performances utilizing the stages will go to the arts organizations involved. For more information on how to use and reserve the stages, visit BAAD! and LPAC. To learn more about BRIC please visit www.bricartsmedia.org.

LPAC will use the space behind the theaters for programming and plans to work with other Queens-based artists and organizations to tour the borough of Queens and provide live entertainment to people who have not had an opportunity to see live theatre, dance, or music for a very long time, or for the first time.

BAAD!’s programming will take place on its property in the Bronx and will kick-off with Boogie Down Dance Series performances in mid-April through May, followed by the Out Like That Festival in June. Additional programming through October 2021 to be announced in the coming months. 

BRIC has a number of programs planned for OpenStage NYC in Brooklyn, working with various local arts organizations to bring the stage to as many neighborhoods as possible, beginning this May.

14) South Street Seaport Museum Launches Collections Online Portal
With More Than 1,300 Pieces 
on Virtual Display

South Street Seaport Museum launches a Collections Online Portal featuring over 1,300 pieces on virtual display available now at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline, with more to be added on an on-going basis, allowing audiences to explore New York City’s past through the archives, artifacts, and photographs of the South Street Seaport Museum.

The eight sets of collections featured in this initial release of the online portal include:

Clipper Ship Card Collection
Clipper cards, sometimes called clipper ship sailing cards, are a unique type of advertising ephemera dated ca. 1850s-1880s. They were printed as announcements that a particular ship, often a clipper ship, was about to sail. The Seaport Museum's collection includes 450 of this type of rare, printed cards. 

Conza Howell Silhouettes
Artist Conza Howell (1902-1987) created hundreds of silhouettes of seamen in New York City during World War II. In 1943, Howell was invited by the Program Director of the United Seamen's Service (USS) to provide "entertainment of a quiet nature" for seamen during their New York port stays. One night a week she would make silhouettes of the men at The Wilshire Hotel, located at 134 W. 58th Street, so that they could send them home to their loved ones. 

Fairchild Aerial Surveys Inc. Collection
Recently acquired, this collection includes almost 300 black and white aerial photographs taken by Fairchild Aerial Surveys in the first half of the 20th century, stretching from 1925 through 1960. These images celebrate the greatness of the New York natural harbor and the development of the Port of New York as primary commercial and passenger gate to America. The bulk of the collection covers ships in and around New York Harbor, including barges, lightships, tankers, ferries, tugboats, floating drydocks, magnificent ocean liners, and Hudson River excursion vessels. 

Illustrations from D.T. Valentine's Manual
These illustrations pull back the curtain on mid-19th century life in New York with images of stores, restaurants, ferries, and street scenes. They were published in D.T. Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York as a companionship to the directory, from 1841 to 1870.

Ocean Liner Ephemera Highlights
Largely related to ocean liners dated ca. 1860s-1960s, these items were everyday paper-based objects such as menus, programs, tickets, luggage tags, and advertisements illustrating and aiding passengers of transatlantic steamships during their travel. The ephemera collection augments and complements other elements of the Museum's collections.

Printing Presses
The 14 printing presses highlighted in the Collection Online Portal are the working fleet of Bowne & Co. These artifacts preserve the tradition of small batch job printing in the 19th century, while keeping an open and active dialogue with contemporary practices of Printmaking and Graphic Design communities. 

Ship Model Highlights
Ship models were built by sailors to commemorate their voyages, by shipping lines to advertise their vessels, and by amateur artists seeking to model ships that captured their interest. Most of the models in this collection were made after the 18th century, which includes all kinds of New York Harbor vessels from tall ships, merchant and fishing vessels, to the working vessels of the harbor, such as tugboat and lighters, as well as ocean passenger liners. 

Thomas W. Kennedy Collection
Thomas W. Kennedy was an amateur photographer at the turn of the 20th century, who had a love of maritime subjects, especially fishing craft, which became the chief focus of his work. His photographs depict South Street, New York Harbor, and other port cities along the East Coast. The Seaport Museum holds a collection of 133 original silver gelatin dry plate negatives dated ca. 1890-1915. 

The online portal features a selection of artifacts and works of art covering a variety of mediums, historical subjects, and themes relating to the growth of New York City as a world port. Additional virtual highlights of the South Street Seaport Museum collections include the following categories on seaportmuseum.org/collections: Architectural Elements, Drawings and Watercolors, Manuscripts and Ephemera, Navigational Instruments and Shipwright Tools, Objects Around the Neighborhood, Paintings, Photographs, Prints and Lithographs, Printing History, Scrimshaw, Ship Components, Ship Models, Special Collections, Tattoo Collection, Remains of the Old Hotels, Institutional Archives, and Maritime Reference.

The South Street Seaport Museum’s collections consist of more than 28,500 works of art and artifacts and over 55,000 historic records documenting the rise of New York as a port city, and its role in the development of the economy and business of the United States through social and architectural landscapes. The Museum’s collections trace the history of New York City’s Harbor and Port, from the East River piers and the waterfront areas of Manhattan, to the city’s other boroughs and the New Jersey shoreline. The Museum also documents and interprets New York international trade routes, global cultures, and seafaring, including all aspects of life, art, and work associated with them.

For more information, visit the Museum’s bi-monthly blog, the Collections Chronicles at seaportmuseum.org/blog, where the collections team takes readers behind the scenes to shares some of their work, while highlighting hidden gems of history, the seaport, and the Seaport Museum’s collection.

15) Thang Dao Dance Company in Residence at
Bridge Street Theatre February 28 - March 13
Digital performance excerpt showing on 
March 12, 7pm ET

Developmental work on an all-new piece for four dancers from choreographer Thang Dao will take place February 28 through March 13 as part of the 2021 Winter Dance Residency Initiative at Hudson Valley's Bridge Street Theatre. During their time in Catskill, Thang Dao and his colleagues will explore the intersection of dance, film, and digital technology to create a piece that examines the complexity of human connection and relationships at the tenuous boundary nestled between proximal and distant attachment; and how those two locations are sometimes the same. During the final weekend of the residency, a free online video excerpt of this work-in-progress will be available to the public, beginning at 7:00pm ET Friday March 12 and ending at 11:59pm ET Sunday March 14 on Bridge Street Theatre's YouTube channel.

Born in Vietnam, Thang Dao currently resides between Los Angeles and New York City as a freelance choreographer, teacher, and coach. He holds a MA degree from New York University's Gallatin School. Dao received his formal dance education from the Juilliard School and The Boston Conservatory, where he received his BFA in 2001. Dao danced with the Stephen Petronio Company and the Metropolitan Opera until 2006, leaving to choreograph for Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin II, Ailey II, Ballet X, Philadanco, the Boston Conservatory along with many universities and performing arts schools nationally and internationally. His works have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with acclaimed reviews. His ballet, "Stepping Ground", choreographed for Ballet Austin for the 1st Biannual New American Dance Talent, received the Audience Choice Award all four nights. Dao is the recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, the 2009 Special Project Grant, and the 2012 Vilcek finalist for Creative Promises in choreography. In 2012, his work, "Waiting Women" was featured at NYCDAF Gala: Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in New York. Dao was on the creative team for the James Brown Project: Get On The Good Foot commissioned and produced by the Apollo Theater under the direction of Otis Salid. In 2017, Dao - representing the United States - received first prize for choreography at the inaugural DAP Festival in Pietrasanta, Italy. He is currently a visiting guest artist at Kennesaw State University.

On the afternoon of its March 12 premiere, links to the free online video excerpt of Thang Dao Dance Company's work-in-progress can be found on Bridge Street Theatre's web site (BridgeStreetTheatre.org), Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube channel.

Underwritten by Bridge Street Theatre fans and local community members Duke Dang and Charles Rosen, the entire Bridge Street Theatre Dance Residency initiative is dedicated to the memory of their friend and mentor Anh-Tuyet "AT" Nguyen. For more information, please visit bridgest.org/bridge-street-dance-residencies/.
16) Theater Resources Unlimited
announces upcoming
TRU Community Gatherings via Zoom 

Thinking in Zoom (2): Producers and Technologists
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:30pm

How Literary Agents Are Navigating This Virtual New World
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:30pm

Thinking in Zoom (3): TRUSpeak Writers Share What They Have Learned
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) hosts weekly Community Gatherings every Friday at 4:30pm via Zoom, to explore the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community – it’s an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about keeping theater alive during these challenging times. To reserve a spot and receive the Zoom invitation, email TRUnltd@aol.com with “Zoom Me” in the subject line. Check the upcoming schedule at truonline.org/tru-community-gathering.

Thinking in Zoom (2): Producers and Technologists
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:30pm
Producers Maureen CondonJonathan HogueStephanie Pope Lofgren and Claudia Zahn; and technologists Iben Cenholt of RuneFilms and Carley Santori. A conversation with producers and technicians of the TRUSpeak ... Hear Our Voices! benefit. A look at the newly defined relationships, and dynamics, in this new working environment, and the stumbling blocks and solutions along the way.

How Literary Agents Are Navigating This Virtual New World
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:30pm
Beth Blickers of APA (Agency for the Performing Arts), Susan Gurman of Gurman Agency LLC, Samara Harris of Samara Harris Literary Agency and Michael Moore of Michael Moore Agency. The effect of the shutdown on the role of literary agents: how contracts have changed, and the way of doing business in general has shifted. With a look at how the shutdown has affected the development of new works, and whether the role of an agent has shifted in any way. Are there still opportunities for new works to flourish, and how do agents play an active role?

Thinking in Zoom (3): TRUSpeak Writers Share What They Have Learned
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:30pm
Playwrights Melissa BellRichard CastleT Cat FordMelvina Douse ManuelMichele Miller and Joe Nelms talk about the whole virtual process: how they came to submit, and why ... what their expectations were and what the reality turned out to be ... how well they navigated the learning curve and how the experience has changed them as a writer.

Videos of past Community Gatherings can also be viewed on TRU’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC43rsChi4fA23dNLeloaF_A/ 

17) New block of tickets for X THE EXPERIENCE Now On Sale!

Groundbreaking interactive event fuses the art of digital storytelling with the immediacy of live theater through live-stream and WhatsApp

Cheech Manohar (Mean Girls) & Kim Exum (Book of Mormon) star
in this bold mashup

Alvarez Keko Salazar Productions and Poseidon Theatre Company’s bold interactive online experience is releasing a new block of tickets to X the Experience. Now running through Saturday, May 22,  X the Experience features the script writing debut of Strange Loop star Jason Veasey and is directed by Aaron Salazar (The Cooping Theory 1969). The performance schedule is Friday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 3:30 pm. For tickets, which are $50 for the full interactive experience, are available by visiting bit.ly/XtheExperience. For more information, visit XtheExperience.com.

Set in a not-too-distant utopian/dystopian future controlled by The WE, where individuals are forced to drop all cultural identities for the ‘greater good.’
You have been recruited as a trainee for The WE. As your first assignment, you have to determine if two members of the community remain “non-compliant.” Guided by The WE communicating with you through WhatsApp, your actions determine if they will be allowed back into the collective or “disappeared.”

X the Experience is a groundbreaking interactive event, starring Broadway's Cheech Manohar (Broadway's Mean Girls) and Kim Exum (Broadway's Book of Mormon) with Gillian Saker (The River at the Royal Court Theatre) and Meaghan Sands (Metropolitan Opera), about racial assimilation where equity is turned on its head.
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